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Joys of home brewing

Posted on : 23-01-2011 | By : Nathan | In : General

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Home Brew - India Black AleAfter watching a few episodes of a new TV program called “Brewmasters“, my passion for home brewing has been seriously reinvigorated. I have been reading up and even attending the odd brewing class to brush up on my skills. I currently have a batch of Scottish Red Ale in the secondary fermentor, and a batch of India Black Ale in the primary fermentor.

In addition to brewing my own beer (with the help of a few friends) I am getting much more adventurous in trying new craft and micro brewed beers as well. I read Sam Calagione’s book where he explains the basics of tasting, and also pairing of beer with certain foods. Great read, and highly recommended for anyone interested in getting started brewing.

I have to admit that finding Dogfish Head, Sam Calagione’s craft brewery, has given me a new view regarding what “real American beer” actually is. It’s not Anheuser-Busch (now owned by a Belgian company) brewing up urine colored,  tasteless, boring, beers for the masses … It is the small breweries who are pushing the limits of what a beer can actually be. I challenge you to try one of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA’s, Chicory Stout, or Raison D’etre and see if you don’t agree with me.  Your taste buds will certainly thank !

I just might have a little idea “brewing”. About this time I bet you are thinking “oh no, here we go again” … Well, to all the naysayers, you will just have to wait and see. Stay tuned, more on that to come.

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